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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. R. F. Keating Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Ghote Mysteries Release Date:
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In the princely state of Bhopore, India, 1930, a handful of Western visitors comes to the opulent Summer Palace to meet the outrageous Maharajah and his entourage. There they meet the Maharajah’s heir, the sensual Porgy, and his English chorus-girl mistress. They meet the enigmatic chief minister, and the aloof British Resident, with his dignified little nine-year-old son. And before long, they also meet sudden death.

Various people in the palace become suspects, and an imperturbable district superintendent of police is called in. But who will he find guilty of the murder of the Maharajah?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davidson gives a fully voiced performance with especially effective Indian accents.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Details about palace life in India, circa 1930, give this mystery a dollop of historical substance and make it fun. British reader Davidson seems to have a lot of fun himself, pulling off a wide array of voices and accents.” 

    Kliatt

  • “His best novel.”

    Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

  • “A delightful semi-tongue-in-cheek attempt to recapture the style and mood of the thirties detective novels of Agatha Christie and others.”

    Wilson Library Bulletin

  • Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger in 1980

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joggingt | 7/12/2012

    " A little slow but interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bea | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this. Maybe the narrator made it sing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 4/28/2011

    " listened to this book on the way home from T-giving with husband. both thought it was very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 4/16/2011

    " Great. I'm friends with the author. "

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About the Author

H. R. F. Keating (1926–2011) wrote numerous novels as well as plays and nonfiction but is perhaps most famous for the Inspector Ghote series set in India, the first of which, The Perfect Murder, won a Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award and was made into a film by Merchant & Ivory. H. R. F. Keating was the crime books’ reviewer for the Times for fifteen years. He served as chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors and in 1987 was elected president of the Detection Club. He was married to the actress Sheila Mitchell, had three sons and one daughter, and lived in London.